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Civic Museum

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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

Upcoming Events

May 2016

Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal

May 7 - November 13
Lucile

She came from Guelph. She dazzled the world. She survived the Titanic. Meet Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, the fashionista of her day - inventor of the fashion show, creator of respectable scanty lingerie, and designer to the rich and famous. For the first time ever in Canada, see Lucile gowns, lingerie and accessories on loan from museums and private collections from around the world. Lucile gowns, hats, and lingerie will be displayed in a room that evokes her Paris salon.…

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Snap a ‘Guelphie’ Selfie

May 12 - August 28

Available until August 28

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Recent Donations

May 12 - August 28

Available until August 28.

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July 2016

Wall of Art: Girl Power

July 4 @ 9:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

We asked local artists to create works inspired by the theme Girl Power. We received a number of submissions, which portray the theme in a variety of ways, and the exhibition showcases the unique perspectives behind 'girl power'. Wall of Art: Girl Power is available until October 2, 2016. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council.  

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Fashion Guelph

July 24
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An event every 1 week(s) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 24 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 14, 2016

Inspired by Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, come ready to dress up and walk the catwalk, add to our fashion mural, and pose in the photo booth! Fashion Guelph is a daily program, running Tuesday to Sunday from June 28 to August 14.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Swing by the Civic Museum and check out birds of prey with Wild Ontario! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 3        Lizards, turtles, alligators and more with The Travelling Reptile Show AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services, City of Guelph AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24     …

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Swing by the Civic Museum and check out birds of prey with Wild Ontario! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 3        Lizards, turtles, alligators and more with The Travelling Reptile Show AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services, City of Guelph AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24     …

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John Galt Day

July 30

Starting at 10 AM, build a giant cardboard city on the patio with Melissa Mazur, The Children’s Art Factory. Then, at 2 PM, put on your dancing shoes for a Ceilidh on the hill with the Kitchen Party Trio and caller Kari Kokko. Admission by donation

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August 2016

Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Swing by the Civic Museum and join The Travelling Reptile Show! Learn about lizards, turtles, alligators, and more (they might even bring some reptile friends!). There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services, City of Guelph AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs,…

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Swing by the Civic Museum and join The Travelling Reptile Show! Learn about lizards, turtles, alligators, and more (they might even bring some reptile friends!). There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 10      Worm farming with Karen & Jennifer, Water Services, City of Guelph AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs,…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Building Guelph

August 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Put on your construction hat and tool belt - we're building Guelph at this month's Tiny Tot Thursday! Join us between 9:30 am and 11:30 am for organized programming. Tiny Tot Thursdays are a monthly program on the first Thursday of each month. It is a drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years of age and their caregivers.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Swing by the Civic Museum and join Karen and Jennifer from Water Services, City of Guelph to learn about worm farming! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs, parrots, ferrets and more with Hands On Exotics

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Swing by the Civic Museum and join Karen and Jennifer from Water Services, City of Guelph to learn about worm farming! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 17      Birds of prey with Wild Ontario AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs, parrots, ferrets and more with Hands On Exotics

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Museum Camp

August 15 - August 19

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wild Ontario returns to Guelph Civic Museum with their birds of prey! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs, parrots, ferrets and more with Hands On Exotics

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wild Ontario returns to Guelph Civic Museum with their birds of prey! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm. Join us each week for animal, insect, and reptile presentations (every Wednesday in July and August). Upcoming programs: AUGUST 24      Hedgehogs, parrots, ferrets and more with Hands On Exotics

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Museum Camp

August 22 - August 26

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join us for this summer's final Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies program! Hands On Exotics will join us with a presentation on their hedgehogs, parrots, and ferrets! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm.  

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Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
GM_Slider_Critters

Join us for this summer's final Critters, Creatures and Creepy Crawlies program! Hands On Exotics will join us with a presentation on their hedgehogs, parrots, and ferrets! There will be two separate presentations: 11 am and 1 pm.

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Fourth Friday featuring Anna Wiebe

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a free concert and more at Fourth Friday! Admission to the museum is free after 5 pm on Fourth Friday, and the performance will begin at 7 pm.

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Museum Camp

August 29 - September 2

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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October 2016

Wall of Art: Rites of Passage

October 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - January 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Wall of Art: Rites of Passage will run October 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. Submissions for this exhibition are not yet being accepted. Please see the list of important dates below: August 16: Call for submissions September 12: Submissions due Week of September 19: Selection September 27-30: Art drop off October 3: Install October 28: Reception January 10-13: Art pickup  

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November 2016

Ken Danby: Five Decades

November 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - January 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Danby

From November 25, 2016 to January 17, 2017 the Guelph Civic Museum will present an exhibition titled Ken Danby: Five Decades. Guelph artist Ken Danby is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished realist artists. This exhibition will feature his portraits, landscapes, and iconic Canadian imagery including studies for the Wayne Gretzky portrait, The Great Farewell, Calgary Stampede, Niagara Falls, and Guelph Carousel among others. Danby methodically restored local Armstrong’s Mill to a living and studio space-this environment became the…

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